CBP Places More Emphasis on Invoice Descriptions and Value
New compliance measurement guidelines and the most recent ACE updates have created more entry summary reviews by import specialists. This has resulted in an increased number of requests for information (CBP Form 28) being issued for more complete descriptions of merchandise and value information.
Import specialists are required to confirm invoice descriptions for all entries they review. Importers should make sure that sufficient information to classify goods is included on both paper and electronic invoices (19 CFR 141.86). Inadequate descriptions will result in the issuance of a CBP Form 28.
There is an increased emphasis to confirm value. Import specialists are more likely to check all boxes on the CBP Form 28 related to value: relationship to the seller, packing commissions, assists, royalties and proceeds that accrue to the seller. You will likely be asked to provide proof of payment as well.
These requirements can affect any entry, but particularly impact high value entries. Import specialists are required to enter product details and descriptions into ACS/ACE for high value entries.